Today’s Reading | Romans 14:13-23
Making Good Choices
Today we find an important principle directing how we ought to respond to our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is one that is often misunderstood. Paul tells us that in light of what he previously wrote, we are to stop judging their choices and make up our minds to not put a stumbling block or obstacle in our brother’s way by our own. What implications does that have? It means that we are not to engage in any activity that would result in a weaker brother being led into sin. We should carefully consider what we do in light of what a young Christian would think. We may tempt him to sin. How would we do this? It’s often in areas like music or movies. Many times a weaker brother evaluates right or wrong based on the choices of those he looks up to. Some things, which may be fine for us, may not be for someone else. Soon he may be making unwise decisions. Some may also stumble when our actions violate their consciences. We may engage in an activity which makes them uncomfortable. If and when you do, do you justify your actions, belittle him, or stop what you are doing? Our choices should always be regulated by their impact on others. Are yours?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?